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Year: 2002

Client: Cathrine Lerche and Ole Wiig

Location: Colletta di Castelbianco, Liguria, Italy


The house is located in a medieval village in Northern Italy, 20 kilometres from the Mediterranean. All the houses are situated along a ridge and consist of cell structures of approximately the same size as the outdoor terraces in both length and width. All the cells interlock with the neighbouring cells in all four directions. The houses thus consist of joined up cell clusters.

The village is listed, limiting the potential for extension. This house is the only house to be built in the village for centuries and it fronts the main approach. The challenge was to create a new and timeless architecture that was modern and at the same time adapted to its surroundings through the choice of materials and the main form, providing a modern interpretation of local building traditions. Like all the houses in the village, it is built of local limestone.

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